I’ve been neglecting my political thoughts in deference to my rubber duckie compulsions. Somehow it’s easier to forget things going on elsewhere and just play. I also do that here at work – ignore the program and write stuff and read.
With our grand and glorious ‘surge’ proceeding along it is interesting to hear that last month was the worst in four years for American deaths. Iraqi deaths have also risen dramatically – of course, the US does not keep figures on anyone other than ‘insurgents’, but then many of those counts include women and children in the area that also died. Some figures list over 68,000 Iraqi dead and 110,000 wounded. What a toll on a country, but at least they are free of that evil dictator. They should appreciate what we have done for them.
Unfortunately the people of Iraq don’t all appreciate our efforts. According to Baghdad Burning it is currently not very pleasant to live in Iraq. Even with our surge. One of her quotes really expresses her opinion:
"Let me clear it up for any moron with lingering doubts: It’s worse. It’s over. You lost. You lost the day your tanks rolled into Baghdad to the cheers of your imported, American-trained monkeys. You lost every single family whose home your soldiers violated. You lost every sane, red-blooded Iraqi when the Abu Ghraib pictures came out and verified your atrocities behind prison walls as well as the ones we see in our streets. You lost when you brought murderers, looters, gangsters and militia heads to power and hailed them as Iraq’s first democratic government. You lost when a gruesome execution was dubbed your biggest accomplishment. You lost the respect and reputation you once had. You lost more than 3000 troops. That is what you lost America. I hope the oil, at least, made it worthwhile."
And we keep seeing that grin of our president on TV, more of a smirk, where he continually tells us that things are getting better. All we have to do is stay the course and we will win. Unfortunately he keeps changing the concept of what we are doing and what it will take to win. I thought that banner he stood under four years ago declared victory. Shouldn’t we have pulled out at that time?
I’ve said enough. Well, guess I haven’t as our troops are still there and our president is convinced we can win and our congress can't stand up to him. I still don’t understand what it will take to ‘win’. There is no other side to offer a formal surrender. No matter how long we stay people that hate us will continue the killing. I don’t know what will happen when we leave, but it doesn’t seem to matter if we leave tomorrow or in five years the same reaction will probably occur.
Time for me to send more letters to my congressmen and request that they continue to push for results and a time to withdraw. I think that congress would better support our troops by not passing any kind of funding bill. That might force them to be called home, reducing the number of deaths and injuries. A political cartoon this weekend showed Bush discussing the war, saying his concept of pulling out and declaring the war over is to leave it for the next guy. He just has to string this along for another year and a half.
Sorry, I didn't give Rob credit for pointing out this new post. I've got the site linked over on the right but don't always get down to it.